Music & Culture of the 1970s

Schools of Public Engagement: Humanities

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Music & Culture of the 1970s

Summer 2020

Taught By: Sonya Mason

Section: A

CRN: 1924

Credits: 3

Although the 1970s are often remembered as years of decadence and self-indulgence, numerous important and enduring musical styles emerged in this period. This class traces the musical and cultural milieu of the 1970s across genres. We consider Miles Davis' jazz-rock fusion movement, which drew accusations of selling out by jazz purists; disco fever (ABBA, Bee Gees); the roots of hip-hop (DJ Grandmaster Flash) in block parties in the Bronx; and the anti-authoritarian appeal of British punk rock (The Clash, Sex Pistols). Other forms, artists, and controversies of the 1970s are discussed along the way: German electronica (Kraftwerk), New Age (Brian Eno and Jean-Michel Jarre), World Music, rock opera (The Who and Broadway's Webber and Rice), the off-the-charts success of country (John Denver, Lynyrd Skynyrd), heavy metal (AC/DC), New York City art and music's uptown/downtown divide (Philip Glass), glam rock (David Bowie), and singer-songwriters (Joni Mitchell, Billy Joel). The ability to read music is not required.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Humanities (NHUM)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: June 7, 2020 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: July 26, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 12:06am 7/10/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 6/1/2020 - 8/2/2020